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Thinking Big about Small Things
Physicists and entrepreneur Seamus Curran is leading NMSUs new nanotechnology initiative

Scanning the Sky
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey is looking deeper into space than ever before. What astronomers are finding is literally rewriting our history of the universe

Just In Time
In the world of business many companies base their operation on something known as “just-in-time-delivery”

Overcoming Obstacles to Health Care
Understanding cultural differences is a key to improving health care in the border region

Building Better Bridges
“Smart Bridge” technology is just the latest contribution of NMSU’s Bridge Research Program

Hot Projects
Student research projects lead to solutions for real-life health problems

A Fish Story
Can some 130-year old specimens from the Smithsonian Institution help resolve a modern-day controversy in New Mexico?


Message from Vice President for Research

New Mexico State University brings to bear a long tradition of excellence in water research as it examines current concerns and challenges related to the availability, quality and quantity of our water. This is especially true in a semi-arid state, where every drop can make a difference to our woodlands, communities and agricultural lands.

This focus on water research has been a priority throughout our 125-year heritage as a land-grant institution, and is especially important given New Mexico’s dry climate.

Water research has a significant presence among our Core Research Strengths. Listed under the topic of “Sustainability,” our water research and outreach programs are conducted by researchers in four colleges based at our Las Cruces campus and the Agricultural Science Centers, located across New Mexico.

NMSU is headquarters for the statewide and federally supported (in part) New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, which studies aquifer salinity, water availability, quality, sustainability, and water-related border and international issues.

Other key research initiatives originating in the College of Engineering include the National Science Foundation funded Engineering Research Center, which is a multi-university effort to reinvent America’s aging and inadequate urban water infrastructure. NMSU joins Stanford University, the Colorado School of Mines and the University of California, Berkeley, in this effort.

Research efforts led by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences focus on water technology research in Afghanistan; monitoring and solving trans-boundary water issues on the U.S-Mexico border; the link between traditional irrigation systems and ecosystem and watershed health; and the effects of climate change on New Mexico’s mountain sources of water.

I invite you to learn more about our critical, community-oriented water research activities in the following pages of this magazine.

Excellence in water research at New Mexico State University is a longtime source of pride and an everyday responsibility as we explore the best opportunities and seek the best solutions to the challenges related to the availability, quality and quantity of this precious resource.

Vimal Chaitanya, Vice President for Research

Signature of Vimal Chaitanya Vice President for Research
Vimal Chaitanya
Vice President for Research